BREAKING: Unknown thugs threaten Save SA protesters in Pretoria


BREAKING: Unknown thugs threaten Save SA protesters in Pretoria

TMG Digital | 2017-04-05 19:48:12.0

Masango says despite the threats and intimidation, they will not be deterred. #SaveSA #PeoplesMarch

Image by: Lirandzu Themba‏ vi a Twitter

Save SA supporters camped out at Church Square in Pretoria were threatened by a group of unknown men who burnt their banners‚ vowing to “defend Zuma” on Wednesday evening.

Civillians had gathered there in a tent as part of several planned protests against President Jacob Zuma and his controversial cabinet reshuffle that was followed by a credit ratings agency downgrade of the country’s economy and saw the rand tumble.

Save SA activist Themba Masango said that “thugs” had arrived and made threatening remarks.

“We’ve just had an incident right now where a few thugs‚ for a lack of a better word‚ came through here‚ ripped off banners … and took them and burnt them‚” he said.

“They specifically said we should leave Church Square and that they are going to burn this tent down tonight.”

“They are saying they are going to defend Zuma.

eNCA reporter Lirandzu Themba tweeted a video clip where Masango explained what had happened.

Save SA spokesman Mark Haywood said a “group of about 10‚ maybe 15‚ people who identified with the ANC arrived at the edge of the tent and began threatening violence against the people inside the tent”.

The group called the protesters counter revolutionaries. “We responded peacefully‚” he said.

Haywood said the group also broke a tent.

“What I want to say about this‚ is that we have photographs of these people. One is an ANC councillor‚ we are told.

“One is an ANCYL leader in the Pretoria area. We will report it to the police. We will lay charges against these people and we won’t be intimidated. This is our democratic right.”

– TMG Digital

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